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Old 06-13-2012, 09:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2004 Sprint ST - "dailyfying"

So I have gotten my Sprint back from the repairer after my off a few months ago and now I need to sort it out for the daily commute.

I do a mix of freeway, empty roads and heavily trafficked roads (and lanesplitting).


First up I need a pack to throw all of my junk in and it has to be waterproof so I was thinking of this:

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...view/7026/145/

As I don't like wearing a backpack unless it's small and waterproof. I only have one pannier and I don't like fitting it as then I feel the bike is too wide to fit between cars. (I also don't like tankbags).

What other mods should I be looking at? Crash knobs are I good idea I think, anyone got any suggestions?

I also think I'll be fitting reset pegs to give myself some more legroom.

I've also just hit 6,000 kays in total on the bike, time for a service?
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Services are minor every 10kk and major every 20kk. Link.

Look for crash bungs that mount to an offset plate rather than directly to the cases; we've had some members sustain extra damage due to the direct-mount type over the years.

I had no problem lane splitting in NYC with Givi E41 bags on, but I think it's a fairly widely accepted theory that I'm not right in the head.

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Old 06-13-2012, 11:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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At least someone else in Ny is 'filtering'............glad to see it's not just me getting all the (police) attention and abuse, for actually HELPING the flow of traffic!!!!!
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Never, ever, do it on 30th between 8th & 9th. I think half of my splitting tickets came from that block.

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Services are minor every 10kk and major every 20kk. Link.

Look for crash bungs that mount to an offset plate rather than directly to the cases; we've had some members sustain extra damage due to the direct-mount type over the years.

I had no problem lane splitting in NYC with Givi E41 bags on, but I think it's a fairly widely accepted theory that I'm not right in the head.

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Oh I'm happy to lane split with the pannier on.

Someone's blue paint suggests that I make have cut it really fine at one stage!

Got an example of an offset style crash bung Kit?
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The standard panniers are narrower than the bar width so I can filter with confidence.

You could get a tailpack to strap to the rear of your seat, or the box rack if you have it. You can get some that come with a detatchable base that stays on the bike. They can be quite small and some of them are shaped to look like a tail hump and even come with straps to be worn as a rucksack

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Old 06-14-2012, 04:16 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Post Panniers are your best bet.

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The standard panniers are narrower than the bar width so I can filter with confidence.

You could get a tailpack to strap to the rear of your seat, or the box rack if you have it. You can get some that come with a detatchable base that stays on the bike. They can be quite small and some of them are shaped to look like a tail hump and even come with straps to be worn as a rucksack

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You've got panniers.

They're narrower than your handlebars by some margin

They are your best option.

Else a single top box for the 955 can be picked up cheaply online

I know...spend your money on a radar jammer/laser detector for speeding tickets.
then spend the money you've saved on tickets on .... stuff you were gonna
spend anyway.
Crash knobs are worth it yes and you will still be able to just squeeze through the traffic

Also LED replacement for the brake/tail lights and front parker/side light.

Uprated headlight globes from 50/65 to maybe 55/100 or a set of HIDs.

motorbike alarm also seems a wise choice if u dont already have one.

and a set of wets kept under the seat.

Also, if you have an android phone...spend $17 on an ELM327 bluetooth adapter that plugs on your bike's computer plug and you can see your bike's running parameters on your phone and in tweets.

those are my suggestions, but depends on your budget.

radar detector is the best buy I can think of because it opens up cash for other things.
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You've got panniers.

I only have one pannier.

They're narrower than your handlebars by some margin

They are your best option.

Else a single top box for the 955 can be picked up cheaply online

I don't like top boxes on the fuel tank. Givi and other tail boxes seem overpriced or pretty beaten up on ebay

I know...spend your money on a radar jammer/laser detector for speeding tickets.
then spend the money you've saved on tickets on .... stuff you were gonna
spend anyway.

Duuuuuuuude... I'm from Melb too. Radar is a big no no here.

Crash knobs are worth it yes and you will still be able to just squeeze through the traffic

Also LED replacement for the brake/tail lights and front parker/side light.

Uprated headlight globes from 50/65 to maybe 55/100 or a set of HIDs.

motorbike alarm also seems a wise choice if u dont already have one.

and a set of wets kept under the seat.

Also, if you have an android phone...spend $17 on an ELM327 bluetooth adapter that plugs on your bike's computer plug and you can see your bike's running parameters on your phone and in tweets.

those are my suggestions, but depends on your budget.

radar detector is the best buy I can think of because it opens up cash for other things.
No Android phone but cheers about the other ideas. Next big ticket thing will be a waterproof GPS.

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I think it's a fairly widely accepted theory that I'm not right in the head.

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Also LED replacement for the brake/tail lights and front parker/side light.
The more LEDs I (just barely) see, the more I think this mod is a waste of money and usually a loss in visibility. Most of the retrofit LEDs just aren't very good, and quality costs quite a bit!

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Uprated headlight globes from 50/65 to maybe 55/100 or a set of HIDs.
And this one I really disagree with. You can get plenty of extra lumens from stock wattage, and more than one person here has melted stuff with the higher wattage bulbs. Lumens are light; Watts are heat.

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motorbike alarm also seems a wise choice if u dont already have one.
The Datatool alarms supplied by Triumph seem to go bad fairly frequently, stranding people in the middle of nowhere. I'm considering a Xena lock for mine, but there is no way I would add an immobilizer.

Absolutely agree about the detector, though; don't know how anybody lives without one! I feel for you folks down there, I really do!

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